Hill and Dale Manor
The entrance to Hill and Dale Manor is certainly impressive. Sweep through stone gates and up the drive to a stately, pale-coloured brick residence that sits regally on a hilltop overlooking Port Hope.....
.... Inside, it’s a luxurious place too. From the extensive verandah, a large hall takes you into the heart of the house. This welcoming room leads into a sumptuous sitting room, light, opulent and very comfortable, and to the plum-panelled dining room. Here guests savour their morning feast under the watchful eyes of Henry Covert, former occupant and president of the Midland Railway, which used to stop and drop visitors at the original northern gates. His portrait - found at a local auction by Jeanne - hangs on the wall. 150 years on, Henry can’t seem to take his eyes off the breakfast. David and Jeanne run a fabulous place, at a frenetic pace. In-between hunting down antiques and treasures at auction, packing children off to university and sponsoring local craft competitions (the resulting exquisite and extraordinary quilts adorn the walls of the house), an inexhaustible and invariably good-humoured Jeanne still finds time to cater to all the possible wants and needs of her many guests. She tells me with a smile that each year she gets a little slower, but I’m not sure I believe her!
|Rooms:||6: 1 king, 4 queens and 1 queen with 1 single; all with en-suite bath/shower.|
|Price:|| $130 - $180 double occupancy. Singles from $110 - $130.
|Meals:||Full breakfast included.|
|Directions:||From Toronto: leave Hwy 401 at exit 461 and take Hwy 2 to Pine Street South. Turn right. Go down the hill and house is on the left. (From Kingston, use exit 464 off the 401. Turn right at the T-junction with Walton Street, then turn left into Pine St.|